This Day In History

  • 1707 War of the Spanish Succession. After two months of siege, to avoid further pointless bloodshed,  the garrison of the fortress of Lerida (now Lleida) in Spain beats the chamade as the French are about to make their final assault. 600 emaciated survivors of the original garrison of 1800, who had been reduced to living on oatmeal, rice and water, march out under arms and with the full honours of war. They are followed by a similar number of sick and wounded in carts supplied by the victors. Amongst them are several much-reduced companies of Wills' Marines (later 30th Foot, and then 1st East Lancashires), led by the by-then Major General Wills. All are complimented by the enemy commander, the Duc d'Orleans, on their gallant defence
  • 1857 Indian Mutiny. Relief of Lucknow. 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) engage in desperate fighting in the advance to the Martiniere College. The silver-chased "Rajah's Bed Post" staff which is now one of the Museum's most treasured exhibits was captured on this day.
  • 1945 Battleship HMS Nelson reaches Portsmouth carrying 2nd Loyals colours, colour belts and some mess plate. They had been found 2 months earlier in bank vaults in Singapore, where they had remained undiscovered by the Japanese since the capitulation in 1942. They are carried to Preston, where one month later they are ceremonially paraded through the town
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Preston Pals Remembered

some years ago a letter in the Lancashire Evening Post asked why there was no memorial to the Preston Pals. It sparked local businessman Andrew Mather into action and on 22 July 2012, exactly 96 years less one day after D Company (the Preston Pals), 7th Loyals, suffered grievously in their first action at Bazentin-le-Petit, a memorial to their memory was unveiled on the platform at Preston Station from which they departed to war. The Museum provided enthusiastic support to the project, especially via our late, much-lamented Friend Joe Hodgson, without whose encyclopaedic knowledge the Memorial would never have come to fruition.

The Memorial

Preston businessman Andrew Mather, the driving force behind the creation of the memorial, outlines the history of the project.

Colonel Steve Davies, Deputy Colonel (Lancashire) of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, and Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, examine the memorial after the unveiling.

 

Future Battlefield Tours

To assist with long-term planning, the Friends of the Museum have announced details of their future annual Battlefield Tours. Continue reading

“Jacobite Rose 2012”

Details have been announced of our Battlefield Tour for 2012. “Jacobite Rose” will follow the course of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s doomed attempt to restore the Stewarts to the throne. June 25-30. Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Contact the Museum for details and a booking form.

New Website launched

Our new, updated website went live on 1 January 2012